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Saint-Georges in Paris in Département de Paris, Île-de-France, France — Western Europe

Andre Breton (1896-1966)

Andre Breton (1896-1966) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 24, 2022
1. Andre Breton (1896-1966) Marker
Andre Breton
“Je cherche l’or du temps”
A fait du 42 Rue Fontaine
le centre
du mouvement surrealiste
de 1922 a 1966

(English translation:)

Andre Breton
“I seek the gold of time”
He made 42 Rue Fontaine the center of the Surrealist Movement from 1922 to 1966.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is September 28, 1966.
Location. 48° 52.975′ N, 2° 19.995′ E. Marker is in Paris, Île-de-France, in Département de Paris. It is in Saint-Georges. Marker is on Rue Fontaine, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 Rue Fontaine, Paris, Île-de-France 75009, France. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joséphine Baker (here, next to this marker); José Maria Luis Mora (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Moulin-Rouge (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); L'Atelier de Degas / Degas' Studio (about 150 meters away); Le cimetiere Montmartre
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(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Eglise Saint-Jean-l’Evangéliste (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Le Bateau-Lavoir (approx. half a kilometer away); René Joseph Limon (approx. half a kilometer away in Île-de-france). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
Regarding Andre Breton (1896-1966). The phrase “I seek the gold of time” is the epitaph on Breton’s gravestone and is taken from his “Discourse on the Paucity of Reality”.
Also see . . .
1. André Breton (Wikipedia).
Excerpt: André Robert Breton (19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet, the co-founder, leader, and principal theorist of surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".

Along with his role as leader of the surrealist movement he is the author of celebrated books such as Nadja and L'Amour fou. Those activities, combined with his critical and theoretical work on writing and the plastic arts, made André Breton a major figure in twentieth-century French art and literature.
(Submitted on January 11, 2023.)
Andre Breton (1896-1966) Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 24, 2022
2. Andre Breton (1896-1966) Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here above the doorway on the right.

2. Summary of Surrealism (The Art Story).
Excerpt: The Surrealists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighing it down with taboos. Influenced also by Karl Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. Their emphasis on the power of personal imagination puts them in the tradition of Romanticism, but unlike their forebears, they believed that revelations could be found on the street and in everyday life. The Surrealist impulse to tap the unconscious mind, and their interests in myth and primitivism, went on to shape many later movements, and the style remains influential to this today.
(Submitted on January 11, 2023.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2023, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2023, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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